St Nicholas Market and Air Raid Shelter Walking Tour

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BRISTOL, BRISTOL

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St Nicholas Market has been trading since the mid-18th century, and shows no sign of slowing down. It's easy enough to explore this on your own, but for more exciting and mysterious adventures, try one of these tours of the secret passageways and WW2 air raid shelters that lie beneath the Corn Exchange. During the 1960s the Corn Exchange was a music venue, seeing performances from the likes of The Rolling Stones and The Steam Packet. You'll learn about that too.

St Nicholas Market and Air Raid Shelter Walking Tour
BRISTOL, BS1 1JQ

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About the area

Discover Bristol

The Anglo-Saxon settlement at Bristol grew up around the bridge and harbour on the River Avon. With access to the sea, it increased in importance. Isambard Kingdom Brunel, whose London—Bristol railway line terminated in his gothic-style station of Temple Meads, had long been involved with Bristol. He had remodelled the docks in 1830, and six years later designed the Clifton Suspension Bridge over the 250-foot (76m) deep Avon Gorge.

During the bombing raids of World War II many churches and historic houses were lost. Fortunately, the finest parish church in England, St Mary Redcliffe, with its 292-foot (89m) spire, survived, although traffic now swirls all around it. Bristol Cathedral was founded as an Augustinian abbey in the 1140s and became a cathedral in1542. The Norman chapter house is particularly fine. There is almost too much to see in Bristol: other gems include Wills Tower, John Wood’s Corn Exchange, the Coopers’ Hall by William Halfpenny, the Grotto at Goldney House in Clifton, the long south façade of Ashton Court, and the Christmas Steps (off the beginning of Park Road).

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